Chris Grandy is holding a microphone and reading what is on an award. Standing next to Chris is award recipient Nancy Richey. PADDC Council Member Lisa Butler is looking on.

Council Members Chris Grandy (right) and Lisa Butler (left) present the award to Nancy Richey (center)

Nancy Richey, PADDC member and past chair, is the recipient of the first Graham Mulholland Visionary Leadership Award. The award was presented at the Council’s recent All Grantee meeting, in Harrisburg.

The award was created to honor the memory of PADDC’s former executive director Graham Mulholland whose visionary leadership was rare and special. Through this award, PADDC seeks to recognize others who carry Graham’s legacy forward through actions, achievements, and contributions to benefit Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities.

Nancy Richey is a visionary who sees the world as it should be, not as it is now. She is a champion for transformational change and motivates others to act and embrace new ways of thinking. She communicates with passion and authenticity. She works in alliance with communities who share our ideals and helps to change other people’s perspective on what is possible.

As a leader, Nancy embodies the ideals of the DD Act. She led the design and implementation of the “Supporting Families” work in PA. Her skill at communicating a vision for a new way of doing business, created lasting system change and innovation that benefited countless individuals with disabilities and their families.

Nancy is also a leading voice on the national stage. She was a part of the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families leadership network and was recently appointed to the national RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council. As a member of this Council, she will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on effective models of family caregiving and support to family caregivers, as well as improving coordination across federal government programs.

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has benefited greatly from Nancy’s visionary leadership, and we hope you will join us in congratulating her on receiving the first Graham Mulholland Visionary Leadership Award.

To learn more about the award, please visit the PADDC website.